Graduate Research Opportunities

Grad student, Kat Telfeyan, in India

Ph.D student, Kat Telfeyan, in Beldanga, India, getting ready to take water samples to test for arsenic.

We offer teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available to top applicants for the Ph.D. program, both through competitive fellowships and NSF-funded projects. Annual stipend is presently $23,500 and includes tuition waiver.

To apply you need to submit the online application (no charge), 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, TOEFL scores if necessary, and unofficial college transcripts.  

Nicole Gasparini’s research group is looking for students with a strong quantitative background who are interested in surface water hydrology, landscape evolution and tectonic geomorphology. Current projects include exploring tectonic geomorphology in the Baton Rouge Fault Zone, Louisiana, and investigating the effects of precipitation gradients on vegetation, runoff, and erosion on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Students interested in fault evolution and tectonic geomorphology are encouraged to contact Nancye Dawers.

We also have a productive Environmental Biogeochemistry Group, under the guidance of Professor Karen Johannesson, doing active research with trace element speciation in natural waters.


Graduate student, Michael Hopkins, at Volcanic Tableland.

Grad student, Michael Hopkins, GPS mapping the ramp channels and faults of the Volcanic Tableland.

Read more on Michael's research.

For information on the Quaternary Research Group, contact Torbjörn Törnqvist.

For students interested in stratigraphy and sediment transport, contact Kyle Straub.

We have research opportunities in sedimentology, stratigraphy, marine geology, paleoclimatology, neotectonics, isotope geochemistry, and environmental geochemistry. There are also opportunities in structural geology, paleontology, petrology, and volcanology.

Applicants need to provide a clear statement of research interests and career goals. More information about the department can be obtained via this website and from the graduate advisor, Dr. Nancye Dawers -

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